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NCJ Number: 249769 Find in a Library
Title: Findings From the Economic Analysis of JDC/RF: Policy Implications for Juvenile Drug Courts
Corporate Author: Carnevale Associates, LLC
United States of America

Southwest Institute for Research on Women
United States of America
Date Published: January 2016
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Carnevale Associates, LLC
Darnestown, MD 20874
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Southwest Institute for Research on Women
Contract Number: LCFRD11C0007
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Program Description (Demonstrative); Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on findings of the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF National Cross-Site Evaluation), which assessed the implementation and impacts of five JDC/RF pilot sites, this report documents and compares JDC/RF program costs with the economic savings achieved from program impacts.
Abstract: Overall, the evaluation found that the five sites produced net benefits to society that greatly exceeded JDC/RF program costs. The documented program benefits were determined from data collected before and after the JDC/RF intervention that related to traditional measures of JDC program success. These measures included crime commission, substance abuse, achievement in education, physical health, and mental health. The evaluation estimated that without the beneficial effects of the JDC/RF program, each youth enrolled in the program would have incurred $122,857 for the various consequences and treatment needed due to their adverse behavior and related health conditions. Program costs averaged $38,288 per youth. This was the cost required to produce the results in the life of each youth that changed their behavior so costly to themselves and society. Thus, the program’s investment was estimated to achieve a long-term savings of $84,569 per youth who benefited from the intervention. The report concludes that these findings provide preliminary economic justification for the JDC/RF program. 2 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug courts
Index Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis; Economic analysis; Economic analysis of crime; Juvenile drug treatment; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources
Note: For related documents, see NCJ-249762-68 and NCJ-249770-72.
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